Thursday, 19 July 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: Opossom - Blue Meanies


A mesmerising piece of psychedelic pop to bring some radiant sunshine to these dull gloomy days we're having in the UK this week. Opossom are a New Zealand trio featuring Kody Nielson and Michael Logie (both formerly of The Mint Chicks) and Bic Runga. They will be releasing their debut LP, 'Electric Hawaii' on August 7. 


'Blue Meanies' is the album's first single, described by Altsounds.com as "a synth-led, bass heavy psych odyssey". Kody Nielson launched Opossom as a vehicle for his solo compositions. While still playing drums in his brother (and also former Mint Chicks member) Ruban Nielson's band Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Kody set about writing, producing, performing, and recording an album's worth of new material more darkly moody and lounge-leaning than his former work. 


During the formation of his new solo endeavour, Nielson was also working as a collaborator and backup musician for onetime major-label pop star Bic Runga, and when the time came for Opossom to transition from bedroom project to live band, he enlisted Runga as vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and rounded out the live band with former Mint Chicks member Michael Logie on bass. The group's debut LP, 'Electric Hawaii', saw release first on Dark Summer Records/CRS Records in April of 2012, but is soon to be re-released on Fire Records in August...




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